The best thing ever just happened to my family. We spent a week at a cottage – technology free.
Well, I shouldn’t say completely without technology. We did have a VCR with 20-year-old VHS movies. We watched Harry and the Hendersons, The Sand Lot, The Lion King, The Lost World, and Aladdin. Minecraft, Facebook, and email, on the other hand, weren’t welcome. We left them at home and didn’t miss them once. We replaced them with, well, our childhood movies… but also with fishing, and swimming, and campfires. We reconnected over sand castles, Snakes and Ladders and looking up at the stars. We went on day trips to nearby towns and ate ice cream on small, impressive bridges familiar to the locals but so cute to us.
I got emotional on this vacation. I realized, as I began reading a new book (Eat, Pray, Love – yep, hadn’t yet read it. I love it, by the way) how much time I’m devoting to the world connected to me via wires and how little I devote to the world connected to me via my front door. Not once did the desire to share our daily adventures online. The only people I wanted to share it with were already right beside me. The connection we had while we were free of wired connection will forever be cherished. I like to think that, now that we’ve returned, we have a newfound appreciation for ourselves and each other. At least for now.
Next summer, I vow to do this again. Maybe technology will be banned a couple of times at home before then, too.
What family adventures did you go on this summer?
Caroline is mom to two beautiful boys, wife to a wonderfully-supportive husband, and the owner of a successful social media management and content writing business called Flourish Marketing. She also blogs at Labour to Launch, a site meant to inspire the entrepreneur in all of us.